In response to persistently low interests following the 2008 financial crisis, the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research and Nippon Foundation decided in September 2014 to jointly launch a new financial scheme. This has enabled a number of Sylff institutions to resume the awarding of fellowships to their top students despite ongoing financial uncertainty. 16 Sylff institutions have joined the new scheme. The new scheme is recommended for those institutions wishing to enrich the Sylff program without worrying about financial sustainability.
What’s the Difference with the Conventional Scheme?
The biggest difference is that Sylff institutions will no longer need to invest Sylff funds to generate income. The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research—the secretariat for the Sylff Association—will award fellowships directly to students nominated by the steering committee of Sylff institutions after confirming the eligibility of the nominees.
What’s the Annual Budget under the New Scheme?
The maximum amount provided for fellowships is $50,000* per institution. An additional $2,500 will be disbursed each year to cover administrative costs. The fellowship amount is intended to be generous enough to enable students to fully commit themselves to their studies. While the new scheme is financed differently, it will maintain the same Sylff values and aims as the conventional scheme.*The amount is guaranteed perpetually.
How Do Institutions Join?
Sylff institutions wishing to join the new scheme should first donate the endowment to the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research. The Sylff institution, the Nippon Foundation and the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research will then conclude an Agreement setting forth the terms of the program at each institution, including eligibility and the fellowship amount per student.
The following 16 institutions currently operate the Sylff program under the new scheme:
- University of Belgrade (Serbia)
- Charles University (Czech Republic)
- University of Chile (Chile)
- University of Coimbra (Portugal)
- Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia)
- Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (France)
- University of Deusto (Spain)
- Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Switzerland)
- Institute of Political Education, Pedro Arrupe (Italy)
- University of Latvia (Latvia)
- University of Leipzig (Germany)
- University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Austria)
- National Academy of Governance (Mongolia)
- National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece)
- Ruhr University Bochum (Germany)
- University of the Western Cape (South Africa)
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